Whilst preparing for one of the most important games of his life, Kaizer Chiefs defender Daniel Cardoso has taken the next step in securing his life after football.
Despite preparing for the CAF Champions League final which takes place on 17 July against Al Ahly at the Mohammed V Stadium, Cardoso has also been putting his hand to the plough with his football education.
The 31-year-old took to social media on Monday to announce that himself, along with Swallows FC defender Keegan Ritchie, as well as Thomas Barkuizen have all obtained their Irish Football Grassroots Introduction To Coaching award.
Together, the trio run a football development programme called DBK Football Stars, that in their own words is “focused on the FUN-damentals of football for young aspiring football stars aged between two and eight.”
The initiative was started in April this year and has grown in leaps and bounds with the coaches taking a hands-on approach to the programme whenever their hectic schedules allows them.
Cardoso, who has once again proven his worth to Chiefs’ cause this season, making more appearances than any other Amakhosi player (45), will be hoping to pull off a historic victory over Pitso Mosimane’s side.
The men from Naturena have all to play for in their first-ever CAF Champions League final in just under two weeks’ time.